SBDC Workshop and Office Hours @ GARCC Office
Dec 20 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center offers professional business advice, training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen local businesses. Our experts advise, train, and inform small businesses to help them achieve success.
Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Diane McCarthy, Business Advisor, once a month for a helpful workshop and open office hours 10am-4pm.
Grant Funding for Technology Development & Commercialization Info Session @ SV SBDC
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

These special sessions will provide an overview of grant funding for Virginia based companies and researchers who are developing early-stage technology. Featured will be discussions about the federal Small Business Innovation Research grant programs, also known as SBIR (11 agencies award over $4B annually in $200K-$2M grants), and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commonwealth Commercialization Fund ($75K grants for small business and higher education technology development/commercialization).

Each session will be approximately 2 hours long and include coffee/bagels/pastries for the morning sessions and a light lunch for the lunch sessions. We’ll also have time to hear updates from the local ecosystem and our event hosts! Sessions are free, but advance registration is requested.

If you are thinking about developing new, innovative technology and/or you are currently in the process of doing so and you are seeking funding to finance the development, this session is for you! We’ll cover the basics of the programs, eligibility rules, funding amounts available, processes, timelines, and other support available to help.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

Start Smart Workshop @ SV SBDC
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Do you reside in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia and are thinking about starting a new business?
  • Do you have questions about how to move forward?
  • Are you considering moving your hobby into a more structured business form?
  • Have you already started your small business and now realize you may have missed a few things?

Your Shenandoah Valley SBDC has answers, information, and resources to help!

In our Start Smart Workshops, we discuss the path to good decisions and a successful start. You’ll learn to take a thorough 360° approach to your business and all its components – from product development to target marketing to financial projections and bookkeeping. We also cover the regulations and registrations you need to know.

Follow-up appointments are then available with SBDC business advisors to focus on your individual business growth needs.

Thank you for your registration to Start Smart Workshop. Please let Rosie know if you are unable to attend or have questions via email to

Thank You! Barry Henderson, Shenandoah Valley SBDC